The LLC is a smart entity choice for many businesses starting in Nevada. See our step-by-step guide and learn how to form one without paying an attorney.
The Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a smart entity choice for many start-up businesses. The LLC provides personal liability protection and has the potential to save money on taxes. With a little research, you can learn how to form an LLC in Nevada without an attorney.
Unlike a sole proprietorship or partnership where the small business owner can be held personally liable for lawsuits against the business, the LLC is a separate legal structure, protecting for the business owner’s personal assets.
Besides the liability protection, the Limited Liability Company provides several other benefits over the sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation because of the multiple tax options, ease of administration and management flexibility.
Forming an LLC in Nevada can be both affordable and is simple enough for most people to start on their own. That said, it’s not a bad idea to have a legal professional like While the filing is pretty straightforward, it’s nice to have some support if you have questions, alerts when the annual report is due, forms like operating agreements, banking resolutions and more. There are companies like IncFile or Swyft Filings and others that do all of this for only $49.
To form a Limited Liability Company in Nevada, file the Articles of Organization with the Nevada Secretary of State. The LLC filing fee is $75 for the Articles of Organization plus $150 for the initial list of managers or managing members.
The LLC is approved instantly when filing online.
If you have questions, contact the Nevada Secretary of State.
HOW TO FILE THE ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION AND FORM A NEVADA LLC
Step 1: Get Started
Register for a SilverFlume account from the Secretary of State.
- Begin by visiting the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.
- Verify your account and log in
- Select “Start Your Business”
- Next select “Start Your Business (Online Wizard)
- Choose “Start a for-profit Nevada business and then select “Domestic Limited Liability Company”.
You will be asked if the entity is claiming a 001-Government or 006-insurance exemption from the state business license. Certain entities are exempt from obtaining a license such as a governmental entity or insurance company doing business pursuant to NRS 680B.020 that does not conduct any business that is not incidental to Title 57 (Div. of Ins. Authority). Most filers are going to select “No” but check to see if your business falls under either of those categories.
Last, you will click “Start” in the My Business Checklist to start on the Articles of Organization.
Step 2: Name the LLC
Name – If you have previously reserved an LLC name with the Secretary of State, you can select the checkbox and include the business name information. You do not have to reserve a name before forming the LLC.
Enter the name you want for the LLC. The name of the LLC also has to differ from other entity names registered with the Secretary of State. Check on available Nevada LLC names before filing to be sure the one you want is available.
Entity Suffix – Additionally, the name of the LLC must include one of the following entity suffixes at the end of the business name:
- Limited Liability Company
- Limited-Liability Company
- Limited Company
- Company” may be abbreviated as Co.
A comma may be used after the business name and before the designator. “Cowboy Cleaners LLC” and “Cowboy Cleaners, LLC” are both acceptable.
English Translation – Should you name the LLC in a foreign language, enter the English translation in this field. Otherwise leave it blank.
Series LLC – If you want to form the LLC as a Series LLC you can select that option here. A Series LLC provides liability protection across multiple asset groups or businesses, each of which would be protected from liabilities from the other series. The Series LLC is not a common choice and most common with real estate investment companies.
Restricted – A restricted LLC is one that can’t distribute any money to its owners in the first 1o years. (NRS 86. 161)
Latest Date of Dissolution – This section is optional if you intend the business to exist forever, which most businesses do. If you have a specific end date in mind (typically used for investment-related businesses) choose a dissolution date.
After entering the fields, you are asked to confirm the name of the LLC is correct. The system will review to be sure it is available.
Step 3: Registered Agent
A Nevada Registered Agent must be identified before forming an LLC. The Registered Agent can either be a resident of Nevada or a Resident Agent service. The Registered Agent must have a physical address in the state (PO Boxes are not allowed) and act as a point of contact to receive legal documents, tax notices, summons, subpoenas, etc on behalf of the LLC.
Even though the business owner can be the registered agent, their name and address become public record and with that comes a loss of privacy. This is more important for some entrepreneurs, especially when they are doing business from home.
Enter the name of the Registered Agent. If they are registered with the Secretary of State, their name will show up. If the agent isn’t registered, or if the agent is an individual, click on “My Registered Agent not found” and manually enter their information.
The Registered Agent must complete a Registered Agent Acceptance form to recognize they agree to be the agent for the LLC. Here is a link to the Agent Acceptance Form. Upload the signed form.
Step 4: Managers / Members
This section asks if the LLC is Member-Managed or Manager-Managed.
Member-Managed LLCs have an active involvement in the management of the business.
Manager-Managed LLCs are hired by the members to run the LLC, similar to a CEO of a corporation.
Most LLCs are member-managed.
There must be at least one manager or member. Add their name and address.
Step 5: Organizer(s)
An LLC Organizer is someone involved with the formation of the Articles of Organization. The Organizer may or may not become a member, such as a mentor, attorney or accountant, but the initial members will all be listed as organizers.
At least one organizer must be listed and in many cases will be the member from Step 4. Either copy the previous information or enter the name and address of the new person or entity.
Step 6: Attachments
This is an optional section and not used by most LLCs. Here you would include additional rules for the operation of the LLC.
Step 7: Initial List of Officers
Include the initial list of officers for the LLC. At a minimum, all of the Managing Members or Managing Members from Step 4 must be listed in the LLC’s Initial List of Officers.
Step 8: Declaration & Signature
Have an individual forming the LLC to sign and accept the terms and conditions. Click on the boxed to accept the terms and include the title and signature of the individual.
Step 9: Review
Review that all of the information is correct. If there are no corrections, click “Accept”
Step 10: Pay and File
Pay and file the Articles of Organization. You also have the option of filling out the Nevada Business License (which is required) while you are in the SilverFlume system. The cost for the Business License is $200.
That concludes the basics of forming an LLC in Nevada. Remember, even though you can do it yourself, there is more to an LLC than just the filing. If you have questions, work with an attorney or a specialized entity formation company such as IncFile or Swyft Filings to make sure everything is done correctly.
While not required, an Operating Agreement is recommended in many cases. An Operating Agreement is a legal document outlining the roles and responsibilities for the members of the LLC. Read more about when an LLC needs an Operating Agreement.
After filing the LLC, be sure to register for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The EIN is basically a social security number for a business and will be needed before opening a business bank account. There is no cost to apply and it takes about 5 minutes to get. See how to apply for an EIN.
Last, before starting a business in Nevada, you may still need to apply for business licenses, sales tax permits, self-employment taxes and more in Nevada. See the Guide to Starting a Business in Nevada for more information.